Top 20 emerging jobs of 2017, according to LinkedIn

The results of LinkedIn's ranking of 2017's fastest-growing jobs in America might not surprise you.

At a time when companies and colleges alike are demanding students with strong technical abilities, like coding and data analysis, the top two jobs in LinkedIn's list rely heavily on these skills. Nearly every other job in the top 10 falls into the technology and engineering fields—though the next 10 jobs after that include a few that might surprise you.

According to LinkedIn, here are the top 20 emerging jobs of 2017:

  1. Machine learning engineer
  2. Data scientist
  3. Sales development representative
  4. Customer success manager
  5. Big data developer
  6. Full stack engineer
  7. Utility developer
  8. Director of data science
  9. Brand partner
  10. Full stack developer
  11. Personal loan consultant
  12. Brand activation manager
  13. Head of partnerships
  14. Barre instructor
  15. Licensed realtor
  16. Guest experience associate
  17. Assurance staff
  18. Marketing content manager
  19. Site reliability engineer
  20. Head of customer experience

To create the list, LinkedIn researchers analyzed the site's data to compare the frequency of job titles held in 2017 to the frequency of titles held in 2012. The top 20 jobs list reflects the roles that saw the highest growth in title frequency since 2012.

As you might have expected, STEM positions stole the show. But not all of the emerging roles require a strong technical skill set, LinkedIn notes.

Many jobs that ranked No. 11 through No. 20 are non-STEM positions that reflect broader economic and societal trends, Amy Wang reports for Quartz. For example, the current obsession with health and wellness is driving demand for barre instructors, and the rebounding real estate market explains the rise in licensed realtors, she writes.   

Among all the emerging jobs, the most commonly held skills are non-technical skills like management, communication, and marketing. Similarly, the fastest-growing skills across these high-growth professions include digital skills, like social media and Microsoft Office, the report notes.

Traditional soft skills underpin all of 2017's high-growth roles and will be critical for every professional's future success, says a LinkedIn spokesperson.

And while LinkedIn's list highlights the in-demand roles of right now, it's important to remember that some of these jobs may not exist in the future, Wang writes. Technological innovation remains posed to disrupt the nature of work as we know it. By 2030, up to 70 million U.S. workers will need to learn new skills or change industries, according to a study by McKinsey & Company.

LinkedIn's emerging jobs offer good choices for recent college graduates and young professionals, but workers must focus on "future-proofing" their skills, Wang writes. Whatever role they hold today, workers must continue to build adaptable skills for the future, she argues (Wang, Quartz, 12/8; LinkedIn report, accessed 12/8).

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